• Attack of the clones

    Attack of the clones

    New research shows how UK consumers shop on autopilot and are fooled by products in similar packaging. Products packaged to look like familiar brands fool us, prompting mistakes. The research was sparked by a report by Which? in 2013 that identified around 150 products in similar packaging and found that, of the 2,244 people surveyed,

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  • Food and drink exports grow 8.5%

    Food and drink exports grow 8.5%

    The first half of 2017 saw exports of all UK food and drink grow to £10.2bn, up 8.5% on H1 2016. This represents the highest first half exports value on record. The UK’s top 3 export products are whisky, salmon and beer. Contrary to recent export trends, stronger growth was reported to EU countries (+9.0%)

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  • PACKAGING IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

    PACKAGING IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

    Disruptive design and collaboration are accelerating the move to a more sustainable future, where products, and their packaging, are more easily used, disassembled, and regenerated, according to global provider of rigid & flexible packaging, Amcor.

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  • British Standard for the ‘circular economy’ launched

    British Standard for the ‘circular economy’ launched

    A new standard which recognises how organisations and individuals are contributing to the circular economy has been launched by BSI (the British Standards Institution). The ‘circular economy’ is a concept which challenges organisations to re-think how their resources are managed to create financial, environmental and social benefits. BS 8001 was developed to meet these mutually

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  • Survey shows industry reliant on EU workers

    Survey shows industry reliant on EU workers

    A recent survey by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) shows that the industry remains reliant upon EU workers — especially temporary workers — and that Brexit has encouraged many companies to consider automating some roles. The UK plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing sector in terms of employment, employing 166,000 people, of which, roughly

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  • Anniversary article reveals integrated steel approach

    Anniversary article reveals integrated steel approach

    Agricultural producers and retailers are shifting towards a more integrated approach when it comes to steel packaging, according to the third in a series of articles commissioned to celebrate APEAL’s 30th anniversary. APEAL (the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging) published the article to share views about the future of steel for packaging.

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  • Get ready for WorldStar down under!

    Get ready for WorldStar down under!

    Hot on the heels of this year’s successful event, organisers of the WorldStar Packaging Awards are urging packaging companies all over the globe to start preparing their submissions for the 2018 awards, which are now open for entry, with Australia set to be the host country for the next awards ceremony. Submissions for the 2018

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  • From science fiction to reality

    From science fiction to reality

    IDTechEx’s new report titled 3D Bioprinting 2017 – 2027: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts, the global 3D bioprinting market is predicted to experience a period of high growth to reach a size of $1.8 billion by the year 2027. 3D bioprinting, defined as the layer-by-layer deposition of cells to create a final 3D construct, provides users with

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  • Environment and health concerns drive glass preference

    Environment and health concerns drive glass preference

    Growing concern for the environment, combined with consumer preference for healthy living, is driving increased trust in glass as the ultimate packaging choice for food and drinks. According to a Europe-wide independent survey, commissioned by the Friends of Glass community, 85% of Europeans would recommend glass to their friends and family. This marks a 15%

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